1 Lion Country! Student Handbook Alhambra High School
2 A Letter from the Principal Dear Parents and Guardians: July 10, 2012 Welcome to the school year! On behalf of the faculty and staff of Alhambra High School, I extend a warm welcome to you and your student. Our staff has been working diligently all summer long in order to prepare a rigorous and stimulating curriculum. Our students will be learning critical reading, writing, math, and problemsolving skills each day in order to prepare them for a successful transition to college and the world of work. Alhambra High School students have a long history of success. We have a diverse student population who earned over $3.1 million in college and university scholarships in the school year. Our students participate in over 40 different clubs, organizations, and sports. Many of our students are also eligible for Advanced Placement classes which help them get a jump start on college. We have a fully staffed Guidance office to provide students with the academic and personal support they need to be successful during their high school years. We hold ourselves and our students to high standards of excellence. To that end, we provide tutoring to our students before school, after school, and during lunch and on Saturdays. We are committed to ensuring that our students receive all the support they need to achieve high levels of learning. Please mark your calendars for our Open House on Thursday, August 23, from 5:00 8:00. This will be your opportunity to meet your student s teachers and receive information on all the opportunities available to them. More information will be forthcoming on this event. Finally, thank you for selecting Alhambra High School for your son or daughter s education. We look forward to serving them and ask your support in ensuring that they report to school on time every day and be prepared to learn. We also encourage your input and participation. This year school begins on Monday, August 6. Sincerely, Claudio Coria Claudio Coria
3 ALHAMBRA HIGH SCHOOL Contents Telephone Directory Bell Schedules Calendar Testing Dates Counseling and Guidance AP Courses Freshmen Information Graduation Requirements Academic Classes and Electives Magnet Descriptions School Policies and Procedures School Resources Student Opportunities
4 Alhambra High School Telephone Reporting an Absence call (602) & (602) Department Telephone Number Address Receptionist Principal s Office Assistant Principal, Registration Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal, Student Opportunities... Dean of MedicalMagnet Bookstore Business Community Liaison Counseling Credentials English English E.L.L. (English Language Learners).... Family & Consumer Sciences IMC (Library) JROTC Mathematics Newspaper Nurse s Office Performing Arts.. Physical Education/Health Reading Registrar Registration Clerk Registration Clerk Science Security Social Studies Social Worker Special Education Facilitator Student Liaison Student Liaison Visual Arts World Languages Yearbook
5 ALHAMBRA HIGH SCHOOL Bell Schedules Regular Day Bell Schedule Prep 7:30-8:00 Period 1 8:00 8:55 Period 2 9:00 9:55 Period 3 10:00 11:05 Period 4 11:10 12:05 First Lunch 11:10 11:50 Period 5 11:55 12:50 Second Lunch 12:10 12:50 Period 6 12:55 1:50 Period 7 1:55 2:50 Period 8 2:55 3:50 Wednesday Late Start Bell Schedule Prep 7:30 8:50 Period 1 9:00 9:45 Period 2 9:50 10:35 Period 3 10:40 11:25 Period 4 11:30 12:15 First Lunch 11:30 12:10 Period 5 12:15 1:00 Second Lunch 12:20 1:00 Period 6 1:05 1:50 Period 7 1:55 2:40 Period 8 2:45 3:30 E. S. O. Classes are held Monday through Thursday. E. S. O. No change from regular ESO schedule. Block 1 12:55 3:50 Break 3:50 4:00 Block 2 4:00 6:55
6 ALHAMBRA HIGH SCHOOL Bell Schedules District Late Start Teacher In-Service Prep 9:30-10:00 Period 1 10:00 10:30 Period 2 10:35 11:05 First Lunch 11:10 11:50 Remember school starts Monday August 6, Plan to be on time & ready to learn! Second Lunch 11:55 12:35 Period 3 12:40 1:10 Period 6 1:15 1:45 Period 7 1:50 2:20 Period 8 2:25-2:55 E. S. O. No change from regular ESO schedule. First Semester Late Start Dates: Second Semester August 22 January 23 September 19 February 13 October 17 March 27 November 14 December 12
7 Alhambra High School School Calendar August 2012 Su n Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat First Semester First day District Late start September 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Labor Day October 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat District Late start Fall Break 9 Fall Break 10 Fall Break District Late start 11 Fall Break 12 Fall Break November 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat December 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat District Late start No school No school District Late start Half day Final Exams Winter Recess 25 Winter Recess 26 Winter Recess Half day Final Exams 27 Winter Recess 21 No classes End of 2 nd Term 28 Winter Recess 22 29
8 Alhambra High School School Calendar January 2013 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Winter Recess 1 Winter Recess 2 Winter Recess 3 Winter Recess 4 Winter Recess 5 Second Semester Classes Begin No School Martin Luther King Day February 2013 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat District Late Start March Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat District Late start Half day End of 3 rd Term No School President s Day AIMS Writing AIMS Reading April 2013 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Spring Break 19 Spring Break Spring Break District Late Start May Spring Break 22 Spring Break Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat AIMS Math 10 AIMS Science Senior Final Exams Half day Final Exams 22 Half day Final Exams 23 Graduation Day No classes
9 Alhambra High School Projected Testing Dates Dates are subject to change October AIMS Writing, 11 th and 12 th grade students October AIMS Reading, 11 th and 12 th grade students October AIMS Math, 11 th and 12 th grade students February AIMS Writing, 10 th graders and 11 th and 12 th grade February AIMS Reading, 10 th graders and 11 th and 12 th grade April AIMS Math, 10 th graders and 11 th and 12 th grade April AIMS Science, 10 th graders and 11 th and 12 th grade April Stanford 10 Testing for 9 th grade students. The exact date will be determined. Meeting proficiency on the AIMS test is a graduation requirement. Tutoring is available before school and after school, during lunch and on most Saturdays.
10 Alhambra High School Counseling Counseling assists with internal concerns such as feelings and emotions. Personal problems, classroom tensions, and unsatisfactory family communications are examples of issues that students may discuss with their counselor. Guidance assists with concerns that are more external, such as getting information for making better decisions, course selections, career choices, job search, and choosing a college are examples of the guidance provided by our counselors. Guidance Counselors WILL Listen Help you make decisions Facilitate communication Maintain confidentiality William Parker Virginia Samaniego Frances Tate Tim Wypiszynski Guidance Counselors WILL NOT Tell you what to do Discipline you, or Make choices for you Alhambra High School Counselors Cynthia Baumhover Carey Burnand Katie Gordoa Sam Mackey Sara Miller
11 Alhambra High School Counseling Classes begin Monday August 6, 2012 The first day will be a full day following the regular bell schedule. Students should arrive by 7:30 a.m. and come prepared to begin instruction. Plan now to be on time and ready to learn on the first day of school! As a college-going school, we hold high expectations for our students. Therefore, in order for us to provide the most consistent and equitable opportunities for students, we will consider schedule changes based on the following criteria and based on the change being requested the first eight (8) days of the beginning of the semester. Changes after this will need the approval of the APR. Administrative changes Adding an ESO class Adding a support class Correcting errors Course completed in summer school Meeting graduation requirements One semester class Placing a student in Honors and/or AP Retaking a course for a better grade Retaking a failed course Identified SPED and/or Reclassified students After school begins, students must schedule an appointment to see their counselor, before or after school or during lunch. No student or parent-initiated schedule changes will be made after Wednesday August 15, 2012 Counseling Appointments 1. You may visit your counselor before school, after school or on your lunch hour without an appointment, if your counselor is available at that time. If your counselor is with someone else, you may wait a few minutes or make an appointment. 2. To make an appointment, see the Counseling Office Assistant. You will be given an appointment slip to take with you, indicating the date and time you are to return to the counseling office. When you arrive in the counseling office, you will show the appointment slip to the Office Assistant and proceed to your counselor s office. We are here to help you be successful at Alhambra High School.
12 Alhambra High School AP Courses AP COURSES The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a curriculum in the United States and Canada sponsored by the College Board which offers standardized courses to high school students that are generally recognized to be the equivalent to undergraduate courses in college. AP courses are optional but offer students the opportunity to work at a first year college level. Participating colleges (may) grant credit to students who obtained high enough scores on the AP exams to qualify for the college credit. AP English Language and Composition The AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. AP English Literature and Composition AP Literature and Language is a course that requires careful and deliberative reading of works of literary merit. Students learn how to make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections, and draw from a series of inferences leading to an interpretive conclusion about the meaning and value of a piece of writing. Writing instruction includes attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. Study also includes elements of style, and attends to matters of precision and correctness in written expres- AP Statistics AP COURSES The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from dat. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes. 1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns 2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study 3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation 4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement, or both or a one-semester introductory college statistics course. AP Calculus AP Calculus is the highest-level mathematics course most high school students can take, integrating all the skills they have learned from prior math classes. Students will experience the rigor of a college level course and learn to think like genuine mathematicians. By the end of this course, all students should be able to interpret and solve a calculus problem verbally, graphically, numerically and analytically.
13 Alhambra High School AP Courses AP World History AP World History challenges students by providing a clear framework of six chronological periods (8,000 B.C.E. to present) viewed through the lens of related key concepts and course themes. This rigorous class needs the students to have a set of skills and motivation to analyze critical themes to think historically. This class is a great opportunity to get college credit at your local high school. AP Government and Politics Nietzsche once said that truth is our irrefutable error. Thus, those theories that are considered sacred among political scientists are examined for strengths and weaknesses. This course uses problem-solving activities; critical -thinking; inquiry; exploration; group discussion; and connections to students lives as tools to analyze government and politics in the United States, including the study of general concepts and various institutions, groups, beliefs, and theories, and ideas AP U.S. History Nietzsche once said that truth is our irrefutable error. Thus, there is no one right historical perspective and those theories that are considered sacred among historians are examined for strengths and weaknesses. This course uses problem-solving activities; critical -thinking; inquiry; exploration; group discussion; and connections to students lives as tools to analyze primary documents as well judge the validity of historical theories by using factual knowledge. Dual Enrollment Dual Enrollment classes are an opportunity for students to receive both high school and community college credit while enrolled in a PUHSD high school course at a PUHSD site, taught by a PUHSD teacher who holds a community college certificate. Dual Enrollment classes are at a higher level than most of the regular high school courses and they may be mixed classes where some students are enrolled for the college credit and some are not. However, students are encouraged to participate in the dual enrollment opportunities. Alhambra offers Dual Enrollment classes in these fields: Pre-Calculus MAT 187 Introduction to Psychology PSY 101 First Year Composition English 101 First Year Composition English 102 Analytical Geometry & Calculus MAT 220 Analytical Geometry & Calculus MAT 230 Lab Introduction to Physics PHY 101LL Introduction to Physics PHY 101
14 Alhambra High School Below are a few essential things the counselors suggest you focus on in each year of high school: FRESHMEN YEAR Start volunteering volunteering looks good on college and job applications. Get good grades GPA (grade point average) is determined by the average of all four years in high school. Get involved in extracurricular activities activities help you feel connected to your high school and colleges want students who are well-rounded. Get to know your teachers this will help you feel comfortable on our large campus Purchase an organizer a planner will help you keep track of homework and assignment due dates. Resolve problems early talk to your counselor or teacher if you are having problems in a class; don t wait until you are failing to ask for help. Choose your friends wisely hanging out with the right crowd will help keep you on track to graduate. JUNIOR YEAR Take the PSAT even if you took the PSAT as a sophomore, you should take it as a junior as it will give colleges important information about you. Take the ACT or SAT you should take the ACT or SAT in the spring and then retake it your senior year if needed. Choose electives smartly take a few fun classes, but also take electives that help you explore your career interests. College research students are encouraged to visit the university they plan to attend. Visiting a school is the best way to ensure the school is a good fit for you. Students should select at least five schools they are considering attending and find out about the admission requirements. Look for scholarships students should compile a list of scholarships they plan to apply for in the fall of their senior year. SOPHOMORE YEAR Take the PSAT you can use your results to study for the SAT. Take the AIMS tests seriously you will need to pass all three sections of the AIMS in order to graduate. Start researching colleges/technical schools it is important for you to know the requirements for the colleges/ technical schools of your choice. SENIOR YEAR Look for scholarships you should check out the scholarship room located in the counseling department and apply early for as many scholarships as you can. Important pay attention to scholarship deadlines. Apply to college/technical schools you should apply to a few colleges/technical schools so you have options when it comes to deciding on a college. Don t stock up on light courses colleges look to see that students can maintain four years of academic courses. Plus, the classes are free so why not get the basics done in high school. Ex: taking Physics in high school will make it easier to understand in college. Look for jobs that do not require college if you are uninterested in attending college, you should look for jobs early because, come summer, you will have to compete for job openings. Below is a list of resources that may help you with career planning: Preparing for College Career / Job Information Volunteer Information:
15 9Alhambra High School Freshmen Information Incoming freshmen, get ready because once you are in high school, people will start asking you, What are your career plans? You may not know right now, which is fine, however, you should start thinking about your future while choosing your classes. For example, if you think you may be interested in a career in Medicine, apply to the Medical and Health Studies Magnet. High school is the time to explore your career options and discover where your talents lie. Your counselors, teachers, and parents/guardians are here to assist you in developing your career goals; however, it is you who needs to take the lead role in planning your future. FRESHMEN COURSES Based on test scores, all Freshmen will take English, Science, Mathematics, Health (for one semester) and possibly Reading. Each student will select electives based on their personal interests. Alhambra has the Health & Medical Studies Magnet Program. Participation in a Magnet Course requires filling out a form called an Open Enrollment Form. You will receive notice of acceptance through the mail. ADDITIONAL FRESHMAN ELECTIVES: Business Business & Computer Applications English Newspaper Yearbook Family & Consumer Science Family & Consumer Sciences JROTC Introduction to Leadership Training Mathematics Intro to Algebra Algebra Laboratory Performing Arts Band, Marching / Concert Band Choir Dance Guitar Piano Lab Theatre Physical Education Fitness & Sports General PE Weight Training Yoga Reading Corrective Reading Reading Fundamentals Social Studies Student Government Visual Arts Art Ceramics Digital Photography Drawing & Painting World Languages Spanish Spanish for Spanish Speakers French
16 Alhambra High School Graduation Requirements Graduation requirements are outlined for students each year in a course catalog published by the Phoenix Union High School District and issued by the Counseling Department. Courses PUHSD Graduation Requirements for the classes of Entrance requirements for Arizona Universities English 4.0 credits 4.0 credits Social Studies 3.0 credits 2.0 credits Mathematics Geometry Laboratory Science Biology Additional Lab Science 3.0 credits 1.0 credits 1.0 credits 2.0 credits 4.0 credits 3.0 credits Health Education 0.5 credit Fine Arts 1 - OR Career & Technical Education credits 1.0 credits World Languages Electives TOTAL 6.5 credits 22.0 Credits** 2.0 credits Notes: 1. Fine Arts courses are offered in the following areas: Art, Dance, Theatre Arts, and Music. 2. Career and Technical Education courses are offered in the following areas: Business / Technology Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Industrial Technology Education. 3. Practical students will meet the same graduation requirements as general education students as determined by the IEP team. **ARIZONA INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE STANDARDS (AIMS): All students must take the AIMS test as directed by the State Board of Education. Passing the AIMS writing, reading, and mathematics tests is a requirement for graduation. Technology Proficiency: The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board has established a technology proficiency level for all students. All students must take a first hour class. Additionally, all students must take a minimum of five (5) classes.
17 Alhambra High School Academic Classes and Electives English English English 1-2 Honors 9 English English 3-4 Honors 10 English English 5-6 Honors 11 AP English Language & Composition 11 English English 7-8 Honors 12 English 7-8 Dual Enrollment 12 AP English Literature & Composition 12 Beginning ELL (2 Period Block) 9-12 Intermediate ELL (2 Period Block) 9-12 Advanced ELL (2 Period Block) 9-12 Transitional ELL 9-12 Mathematics Intro to Algebra Algebra Algebra 1-2 Honors 9-10 Financial Algebra 9-10 Geometry Geometry 1-2 Honors 9-12 Algebra Algebra 3-4 Honors 11 Discrete Math Principals of Math Technology Pre-Calculus 1-2 Honors Pre-Calculus 2 Dual Enrollment 12 AP Calculus Art Art Art Ceramics Ceramics Ceramics Drawing & Painting Drawing & Painting Digital Photography Digital Photography Sculpture Sculpture Business Business & Computer Applications Business & Computer Applications Business & Computer Applications Accounting Accounting Marketing Marketing Cooperative Office Education (COE) 12 PE / Health Health (1 semester course) 9 Science Physical Science Physical Science 1-2 Honors 9 Biology Biology 1-2 Honors 10 Chemistry Chemistry 1-2 Honors Earth and Space Science 9-12 Environmental Science Physics Physics 1-2 Honors Social Studies World History/Geography World History/Geography 1-2 Honors 9-10 AP World History/Geography 10 US/AZ History US/AZ History 1-2 Honors 11 AP US/AZ History Economics (1 semester course) 12 Economics Honors 12 AP Government 12 Government (1 semester course) 12 Government Honors 12 Medical Magnet Introduction to Medical Arts 1-2 Physical Science 1-2 or Biology 1-2 Sports Medicine 1-2 Sports Medicine Lab 1-2 Sports Medicine 3-4 Sports Medicine Lab 3-4 Anatomy & Physiology 1-2 Chemistry 1-2 and/or Anatomy 1-2 Trends and Issues/Psychology Physics 1-2 Medical Seminar/Medical Research AP/Science
18 Alhambra High School Electives English Yearbook Newspaper Family & Consumer Science Family & Consumer Sciences Foods Early Childhood Development Early Childhood Development JROTC Introduction to Leadership Training 9-12 Intermediate Leadership Training Applied Leadership Training 3rd Year Advanced Leadership Training 4th Year 12 Performing Arts Dance Level 1-2 Technique & Performance Lab 9-12 Dance Level 3-4 Performance Lab Dance Level 5-6 Performance Lab 9-12 Dance Theatre Arts Theatre Arts Theatre Arts Theatre Arts Drama Level 1 Intro to Theater Drama Level 2 Performance Techniques/Play Study Drama Level 3 Acting Styles & Techniques Drama Level 4 Repertory Theatre 1-2 Honors Music Level Music Level Music Level Music Level Honors 12 Musical Theatre Stagecraft 9-12 Physical Education Fitness & Sports 9-12 General Physical Education Weight Training, Boys or Girls Advanced Weight Training, Boys or Girls PE Opportunities for Exceptional Learners (PEOPLE) 9-12 P.E.O.P.E.L. Leadership 9-12 Interscholastic Athletics Performing Arts Band, Activity Band, Activity Band, Activity Band, Activity 7-8 Honors 12 Band, Marching/Concert Band, Marching/Concert 5-6 Honors 9-12 Band, Marching/Concert 7-8 Honors 9-12 Choir Choir Choir 5-6 Honors 9-12 Choir 7-8 Honors 9-12 Guitar Guitar Guitar Guitar Piano Lab Piano Lab Reading Reading Corrective Reading 9-12 Reading Fundamentals Strategic Reading 10 World Languages Spanish Spanish Spanish 5-6 Honors Spanish 7-8 Honors French French French 5-6 Honors French 7-8 Honors Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1-2 Honors 9-12 Spanish for Spanish Speakers 3-4 Honors General Electives Academic Decathlon 1-2 Honors 9-12 Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Gifted Seminar 9-12 *
19 Alhambra High School Magnet Program Alhambra High School Medical and Health Studies Magnet Program MEDICAL AND HEALTH STUDIES The Alhambra High School Medical & Health Studies program is for students interested in going into medicine or a health -related career such as Athletic Training or Physical Therapy. Students may get the opportunity to participate in hospital visitations at one of the Abrazo-Health Hospitals located near Alhambra High School or work with one or more of the Alhambra interscholastic sports teams who play for Alhambra High School, depending on their interest in Medical or Sportsrelated curricula. SPORTS MEDICINE The four year curriculum for Sports Medicine is the same as the Medical Professions curriculum for the freshmen year. In the sophomore year, in addition to Anatomy, students participate in Sports Medicine classes where they learn various treatments for athletic injuries. They are also exposed to the types of fitness and rehabilitation classes needed by athletes to prepare for their sport or recover from an injury received while playing their sport. CLASSES OFFERED MEDICAL PROFESSIONS The four year curriculum for all students interested in medicine or one of the many related professions, consists of a program of classes that are science related, and will prepare the students for the type of classes they will be required to take in college or technical school. Students should anticipate taking both the science and math classes appropriate to the medical profession they are interested in. Courses could include Anatomy & Physiology.
20 Alhambra High School School Policies and Procedures Progress Reports Progress reports are mailed out to parents/ guardians about every three weeks of each grading term. These reports indicate students progress in each course. Teachers, students, and parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate through Progress Reports as well as by telephone. Address and Phone Numbers It is extremely important that a student s current address, telephone number(s) and parent/guardian information appear on school records. An emergency involving a student may make it necessary for a parent / guardian to be contacted immediately. Contact the Registration Office in person to update information. Report Cards Official report cards will be issued four times a year. Only the first and second semester grades are entered onto the student s official transcript. Parents/Guardians and students can expect to receive report cards within two weeks of the end of each quarter. The recommended marking system used at P.U.H.S.D. is: A - Superior 90% - 100% B - Above average 80% - 89% C - Average 70% - 79% D - Below average 60% - 69% F - Failure Below 60% Student Records School record information may only be given to a custodial parent or guardian. In all other situations, the parent must be advised of anyone trying to reach the student for any reason. If the parent or guardian is not accessible by phone or is sometimes out of town, it is wise to establish a second guardian so that we will always have someone to contact in case of an emergency. To report an absence call : or When a student is absent: 1. The parent/guardian must call the school with information regarding the absence. 2. The student must bring a note from the parent/guardian when he/she returns to school. The student should turn the note in at the Registration Office. Any absence not excused by the parent/ guardian within 48 hours (2 school days) of the absence will be considered unexcused. When a student has 12 excused or unexcused absences in one or more classes, P.U.H.S.D. policy states the student may not receive credit for the class. Parent/Guardians can check their students attendance and grades at https:// Please visit the Registration office for your username and password.